Sale: 432 / Modern Art I, June 11. 2016 in Munich Lot 311

 
311
Franz Marc
Ruhende Pferde, 1911/12.
Woodcut in colors
Estimate:
€ 20,000 / $ 22,000
Sold:
€ 65,000 / $ 71.500

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Ruhende Pferde. 1911/12.
Woodcut in colors, ocher part colored.
Schardt VII 1912/1 (also cf. Schardt II 1912/4). Lankheit 825/1 (of 2). Hoberg/Jansen 23/1 (of 3). With incription 'Franz Marc./ 1913.' in lower right. On creme Japon. 16.7 x 23 cm (6.5 x 9 in). Sheet: 21,6 x 27,3 cm (8,5 x 10,7 in).
Proofs from the black wooden block (Jansen/Hoberg 23/2) were also released in Herwarth Walden's magazine 'Der Sturm: Wochenschrift für Kultur und die Künste', Berlin, volume III, no. 146/147, p. 261 on February 1913.
Hand-coloring are unusual in Franz Marc's graphic works. Whether the coloring was made by the artist's hand or not could not be determined.
Early hand-made proof of one of the artist's finest color woodcuts .
Accompanied by a written confirmation by the Franz Marc Comité from 8 March, 2016.

PROVENANCE: Private ownership Southern Germany (present from the artist to the grandfather of today's owner).

Essay
This copy of one of the most important color woodcuts in the graphic creation of Franz Marc shows different colors than the other known copies. The artists of Expressionism are well-known for their experiments, especially as far as graphic art was concerned, with which they realized unusual results. This did not only apply to the paper they used, often low-quality types such as packing paper, they also varied the sequencing of the printing plates for their color graphics, in order to achieve different effects. Even though the graphic artists of Art Nouveau had already been occupied with special color combinations, the artists of Expressionism were far more adventurous. The basic tenor of our sheet, which is based on blue and green on the known copies from the small edition, is increased by two shades of ochre that cover the woodcut's blank spaces. This alteration adds an almost abstract notion to the scene. What makes this version so attractive is the unusual expression that is based on the experimental integration of another color.
311
Franz Marc
Ruhende Pferde, 1911/12.
Woodcut in colors
Estimate:
€ 20,000 / $ 22,000
Sold:
€ 65,000 / $ 71.500

(incl. 25% surcharge)